We hear a lot in the news about the epidemic of obesity among children and adults in the United States. Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is considered healthy for a given height.
For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a “body mass index” (BMI). For most people, the BMI correlates with their amount of body fat.
- An adult with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight
- An adult with a BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese
Certain health risks are associated with being overweight, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, and cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, and kidney. You can lower your health risks by obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight. Increasing your activity and making healthy food choices will help you to reach this goal.